"I will keep America moving forward, always forward -- for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand points of light." -- George Bush, 1988. The phrase "a thousand points of light" was written for George Bush by speechwriter Peggy Noonan and was used on various occasions throughout the 1988 presidential campaign. The words
are not original, as they echo similar phrases by Charles Dickens and Thomas Wolfe, among others. After his election, Bush initiated a "Points of Light" merit program in June 1989, acknowledging and rewarding individuals and groups who have made a great contribution to American life. Here at Everything2, we have an amazingly talented and fascinating community of writers, sharing some absolutely amazing pieces of written work. These people and the things they've written make you laugh, they make you cry, they make you think. They truly change the world around you. So, to the noders and readers of E2, here are but a thousand points of light.